I recently replaced the head gasket and timing belt on my F22B2 (non-VTEC, 4 cylinder) 97 Honda Accord. I got everything put back together, but now the ignition switch doesn't have the same results it used to in the on position (position II).
Here are the ignition switch positions and the result I'm getting.
0 - off, head lights, rear and interior lights work
I - Radio can turn on
II - everything should be on at this position, the Battery and Oil light should go on briefly but only the interior/exterior vent light flashes for less than a second, no other dash lights turn on.
III - engage starter, In this position the dash lights come on (battery and oil pressure light), internal/external vent light stays on, I can hear the gas pressurize, the starter works, the engine turns over but does not start.
I have installed brand new spark plugs, distributor and battery. Battery is at at least 12.6 volts. I replaced the battery connectors. I had to remove the two ground connections to the valve cover and engine to do the work, they have been put back and tightened to the proper torque. I think all of the electrical connectors were reconnected properly. I'm pretty sure that I didn't touch any of the other chassis ground connections.
The ignition switch worked fine before doing this work. I don't think that is the problem but I'll test it just to make sure.
Has anyone had a similar issue?
Why don't the dash lights come on in position II like they should until I'm about to engage the starter in the ignition switch position III?
How would I go about trying to find where the weak connection is?
I'm sure there may be other things that would prevent the engine from starting. I think this electrical issue needs to be resolved first, so that's the issue I'm looking for any ideas on.